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Informative articles, news, and trends across various food ingredients and equipment supplier categories.



Consumer Sweet Preferences Make Sugar Reduction Challenging for Product Developers

Beverages continue to lead all categories of foods and beverages with the greatest number of low/no sugar claims

Global concerns over obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease will usher in the new year’s health and wellness initiatives. Consumers will engage in the annual effort to seek out food and beverage choices with more moderate amounts of nutritive sweeteners (i.e., sucrose and fructose), lower amounts of “undesirable” fats, and fewer calories. 

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Sugar Reduction Remains a Priority for Consumers and Manufacturers

Reducing sugar content can be a challenge for formulators who want to retain product sweetness, taste, and sensory characteristics

Replacing sugar is more complex than simply replacing sweetness. Sugar carries flavor, enhances mouthfeel, provides bulk, is essential for browning through the Maillard reaction with amino acids, and attracts and retains moisture. In cookies and biscuits, for example, sugar interfaces with flour and fat to affect texture, firmness and spread. Without sugar, products may not crystallize properly, aerate, or set. 

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Sugar Reduction Efforts No Longer are Limited to Straight Sugar Replacement

New strategies focus on alternatives, reduced sweetening, and zero-sugar formulation

In the United States, specifically, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025 call for consumers to “limit foods and beverages higher in added sugars” to less than 10% of daily calories. Research shows the top sources of added sugars in the US diet include sugar-sweetened beverages, desserts and sweet snacks, sweetened coffee and tea, and candy.

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Sweet Times: New Trends in Sweeteners

Science is helping product developers hit the sugar-reduction sweet spot

An emerging trend in the world of sweetness is that of “natural browns.” These predominantly nutritive sweeteners include organic and raw sugars that are less processed and align with health- and eco-friendly concerns as perceived by consumers.

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Trends in Animal-Free Dairy Products

Dairy-free cheeses, plant based ice cream and milk alternatives make up the innovation landscape in the booming category

"As demand for vegan cheese continues to grow, many consumers have been vocal about how difficult it has been to find a plant-based cheese that lives up to their expectations," said David Cherrie, Saputo Dairy USA vice president, marketing and innovation.

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Protein in Non-Dairy Products

Pour it on! Protein is a key nutritional element in the growing non-dairy sector

It’s no longer enough for dairy alternatives to simply be plant-based. Increasingly, new product development is focused on products that replicate the taste, texture and nutritional content of their conventional dairy equivalents.

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Dairy Products are Booming Thanks to Health- and Comfort-Conscious Consumers

Huge growth in plant-based dairy analogs, and flat liquid milk sales certainly cannot be denied, but according to research by multiple organizations, dairy foods are enjoying a steady growth

For several years, reports of a decline in consumption of dairy milk has led some to erroneously believe the dairy industry is slowing down, or even moribund. Huge growth in plant-based dairy analogs, and flat liquid milk sales certainly cannot be denied, but according to research by multiple organizations, dairy foods are enjoying a steady growth. A new report from Innova Market Insights revealed global sales for yogurt (both dairy and alternative) is on target to pass the $100 billion mark this year.

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What Does Your Maintenance Regimen Look Like?

A line not running at optimum efficiency and producing less than expected might only be second to unplanned downtime in terms of headaches faced in manufacturing—both of which can be caused by a weak link in the production line. We spoke to Craig Souser, president and CEO of JLS Automation, about overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), about maintenance best practices and strategies to use in order to keep a line operating at its fullest.

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